WWhere We Came From

AIS Indonesia was founded in 1996 in response to a demand for inclusive education within the international schools in Indonesia. Prior to the formation of AIS, children with special learning needs were not accepted by any international school in Jakarta.
With the involvement and support of professional educators, diplomatic and commercial representatives as well as a group of committed parents, the school opened on 15 July 1996 with an initial enrolment of eleven students.

Today, more than 800 students across Preschool to Year 12 classes thrive in an environment where they enjoy the benefits of a world-class Australian education. We are now well known throughout the region for being an inclusive school where every child, regardless of nationality, race, religion, language or learning ability, is valued and encouraged to achieve their fullest potential.

At AIS, we strive for the development of the person as a whole. Academic success is balanced by the school's emphasis on personal growth and development. Our students are challenged and encouraged to discover their individual interests and abilities. AIS teachers are committed to nurturing our students into well-rounded individuals who are confident and creative problem solvers.

The AIS community is based on an extended family of teachers, students, parents and alumni students. Together we celebrate and promote the universal human values that connect us all. 

In each of our schools, you will find an international community with a warm, caring and inclusive environment. Our students learn to appreciate diversity and change, and to challenge traditional thinking and to look for new ways forward.


Advisor to the Founding Board in 1996: Pak Sabam Siagian 
Founders: Penny Robertson, OAM and Peter McGuckian

Of particular importance in establishing the first AIS school were the Founding Board members :

  1. Angela Williamson
  2. Nick Arathimos
  3. Ken Allen
  4. Graeme Robertson
  5. Barry Smith
  6. Kevin Evans
  7. Rick Kee